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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Veneers

June 13, 2023 6:58 pm

Have dental veneers helped you achieve a beautiful, confident smile? We’re happy that the cosmetic procedure has made a difference in your life. When you received the treatment, you were likely told how it’s considered a permanent procedure in that once you have them, you’ll continue to wear them due to how some of your enamel was removed to place the veneers. While veneers are made to last many, many years, it’s possible that they’ll need to be replaced. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your veneers:

1. Your Veneers Are Chipped or Cracked

Just like with our natural teeth, veneers are highly durable, but they can still get chipped and cracked. This can happen if you bite down on something too hard like ice or a pen, or if you grind your teeth at night and don’t wear a nightguard for protection.

2. Your Veneers Are Stained

Veneers are designed to be stain-resistant, but depending on the material that your veneers are made out of, it’s possible that they get a little bit darker over time. Unfortunately, teeth whitening treatments are not designed for veneers, so you’ll likely need to get yours replaced in order to make sure you have an even color throughout your smile.

3. You Can See a Gap Between Your Gums & Your Veneers

Maintaining good oral health with regular brushing and flossing is critical, whether or not you have veneers. If you’re not taking great care of your gums, it’s possible that gum disease develops. In that case, your gums may start receding and you may see a gap between your gums and the veneers. Not only does the gum disease need to be treated, but the veneers need to be replaced as well.

4. You’re Not Satisfied with the Fit of Your Veneers

The whole point of prepping your teeth before placing veneers is so that the veneers don’t look or feel bulky on top. If your previous dentist didn’t do such a good job ensuring a nice fit with your veneers, it can feel uncomfortable or look unnatural.

5. Your Teeth Are Damaged or Decayed

Did you know it’s still possible to get a cavity underneath a veneer? If your natural tooth is decayed or has an infection, it’s possible for the veneer to come loose. Either way, that tooth needs to be treated so the problem doesn’t spread and then a new veneer is placed on top.

Dental Veneer Care at Lefler Dental

If you’re experiencing some issues with your dental veneers and you think it’s time to get a new set, contact us at Lefler Dental in Hot Springs Village. We offer a wide range of services at our dental practice, including veneers, so we can help you maintain your smile for many more years to come.

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